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  1. Heat say Beasley’s injury wasn’t caused by the punches he landed to his own head

    Oct 12, 2013, 12:01 AM EDT

    Michael Beasley

    Michael Beasley was caught on video punching himself in the head a couple of times after a missed shot during the Heat’s preseason win over the Pistons on Thursday, and he received treatment from team trainers following the game to reduce swelling above his eye. Putting two and two together, it was originally believed that…

  2. Steve Novak disappointed in last season’s playoff benching while playing for Knicks

    Oct 11, 2013, 10:27 PM EDT

    Steve Novak

    The Knicks were in Toronto for a preseason game against the Raptors on Friday, so all eyes were on the players involved in the trade that went down between the teams this summer. Andrea Bargnani leaving Toronto was the biggest part of the deal, considering his status as a former number one overall draft pick…

  3. Pau Gasol, on whether he’d take a significant pay cut to re-sign with Lakers: ‘Probably not’

    Oct 11, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Pau Gasol

    The Lakers only have two players under guaranteed contracts for next season in Steve Nash and Robert Sacre, and just a little more than $10 million in total salary committed. That means there’s a wealth of possibilities in terms of how the team could decide to fill out its roster for 2014 and beyond, and…

  4. PBT Roundtable: Who will win Rookie of the Year?

    Oct 11, 2013, 12:55 AM EDT

    Trey Burke

    Welcome to PBT’s regular roundtable on issues around the NBA, where our writers weigh in on the topic of the day. Today: Who will win the NBA Rookie of the Year Award? Kurt Helin: There’s a formula to this — you need a guy with the ball in his hand on a bad team that is…

  5. Raptors’ mascot suffers season-ending torn Achilles injury (VIDEO)

    Oct 10, 2013, 11:27 PM EDT

    Timberwolves Raptors Basketball

    Season-ending injuries aren’t just for players, apparently. The Raptor, mascot for Toronto’s NBA team, suffered a torn Achilles injury at a community event that is expected to sideline him for the entire year. Eric Koreen of the National Post has the details: According to one source, The Raptor tore his Achilles on Friday at a…

  6. Blake Griffin sidelined with bone bruise to his left knee

    Oct 10, 2013, 10:03 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers Jordan, Griffin, and Billups watch their team lose to Memphis Grizzlies during Game 5 of their NBA Western Conference Quarterfinals basketball playoff series in Los Angeles

    The Clippers have high aspirations this season, thanks to bolstering their star lineup with some key offseason acquisitions, as well as landing a tenured and well-respected, defensive-minded head coach with a championship on his resume. But they’ll only get as far as the team’s collective health will take them, and early in the preseason, there…

  7. Thunder may be looking for Serge Ibaka to emerge as team’s third scoring option

    Oct 10, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Serge Ibaka, Kevin Durant

    It’s easy to argue that the Thunder got worse this summer by losing Kevin Martin to the Timberwolves in free agency, and getting nothing in return to replace his offensive production in the lineup. For a slide to be avoided, Kevin Durant is going to have to raise his game to an even higher level,…

  8. Al Harrington ‘pulls the chair out’ from Andray Blatche (VIDEO)

    Oct 10, 2013, 1:18 AM EDT

    harrington blatche

    It’s a wily defensive tactic used by veteran players defending the post, and one that was made famous by Rick Mahorn while playing for the Bad Boys era Pistons in the mid-late 80s: Pulling the Chair. It works like this — a post defender places pressure on the offensive player once he gets the ball…

  9. Tim Hardaway Jr. hits game-winner to send Knicks past Celtics (VIDEO)

    Oct 10, 2013, 12:01 AM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony

    The first game of the preseason is the perfect time to give rookies or seldom-used players confidence by allowing them to perform in crunch-time situations. The Knicks were faced with one of those on Tuesday against the Celtics, and Tim Hardaway Jr. made the most of the opportunity, hitting the baseline jumper with 8.2 seconds…

  10. In old interview, Kyrie Irving tells children he won’t leave Cavaliers like LeBron did (VIDEO)

    Oct 9, 2013, 10:26 PM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers v New Jersey Nets

    Kyrie Irving has been saying he has no intention of leaving the Cavaliers in free agency a lot the last few months, though he’s mostly qualified it slightly by adding the words “right now” into any conversation surrounding the topic. Making its way around the Web right now is Irving’s two-year-old answer to the question,…

  11. Prosecutors drop domestic violence case against Ty Lawson

    Oct 9, 2013, 9:01 PM EDT

    Ty Lawson

    Ty Lawson was arrested on a domestic violence charge back in August, but immediately after the news made the rounds, Lawson essentially proclaimed his innocence. It’s all now officially behind the Nuggets’ star point guard, as the prosecutors have dropped the case. From the Associated Press: Lisa Pinto, a spokeswoman for 18th Judicial District Attorney’s…

  12. ProBasketballTalk 2013-14 Preview: Minnesota Timberwolves

    Oct 9, 2013, 8:45 AM EDT

    Kevin Love, Nikola Pekovic, Ricky Rubio

    Last season: The Timberwolves never had much of a chance to finish better than their 31-51 record, thanks to a rash of injuries to the team’s top players. Kevin Love, Ricky Rubio, Chase Budinger and Nikola Pekovic all missed substantial time due to injury, rendering the season an unforced failure in the process. Signature highlight…

  13. Kobe Bryant is back from Germany, feels like his rehab is ‘ahead of schedule’

    Oct 9, 2013, 12:03 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    Kobe Bryant has returned from Germany, after embarking on a journey there five days ago to undergo another round of Orthokine treatment to his knee. It was a maintenance procedure following something similar he underwent twice in 2011, and whether or not he personally informed Mike D’Antoni of his trip has essentially nothing to do…

  14. Carmelo Anthony says injury issues with Amar’e Stoudemire are ‘just sad’

    Oct 8, 2013, 10:29 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v Boston Celtics

    Before Carmelo Anthony forced his way out of Denver and became the face of the New York Knicks, Amar’e Stoudemire was there first. He signed a max free agent contract the summer before the 2010-11 season, becoming the first major star talent to come to the Knicks to begin the franchise’s turnaround. The reason Stoudemire…

  15. Heat exercise option to keep Norris Cole for 2014-15 season

    Oct 8, 2013, 9:09 PM EDT

    Heat's Cole celebrates after scoring the go ahead basket against the Bulls during the fourth quarter in Game 5 of their NBA Eastern Conference semi-final basketball playoff in Miami

    Norris Cole is entering his third NBA season, but has already proven to be a key contributor on two straight championship teams for the Heat. Not surprisingly, since he’s still playing out his rookie contract and is considered to be still-developing talent at an extremely low price, Miami exercised its option to keep Cole under…

  16. ProBasketballTalk 2013-14 Preview: Denver Nuggets

    Oct 8, 2013, 8:45 AM EDT

    JaVale McGee

    Last season: The Nuggets finished the regular season with the best home record in the league, and a franchise best 57 wins, good for the three seed in the Western Conference playoffs. Then, they were bounced out of the first round by the Golden State Warriors in six games. George Karl won Coach of the…

  17. Mark Jackson’s challenge to Stephen Curry: Commit fewer turnovers

    Oct 7, 2013, 10:05 PM EDT

    Mark Jackson, Stephen Curry

    Stephen Curry is coming off of a breakout season for the Warriors, one in which he averaged career-bests in points, assists, and minutes played. But Warriors head coach Mark Jackson is a master motivator, and he wants Curry to continue to improve. So he provided him with a little project. The challenge he posed to…

  18. ProBasketballTalk 2013-14 Preview: Oklahoma City Thunder

    Oct 7, 2013, 8:45 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder forward Durant reacts during NBA Global Game against Fenerbahce Ulker in Istanbul

    Last season: The Thunder finished the regular season with a record of 60-22, which was good for the number one playoff seed in the Western Conference. Thanks to the unfortunate knee injury that occurred in Game 2 of the team’s first round playoff series against the Rockets, however, OKC quite literally limped to the finish…

  19. Andray Blatche takes to Fifth Avenue to practice his Eurostep (VIDEO)

    Oct 6, 2013, 11:00 PM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers v Brooklyn Nets

    Andray Blatche has had a mini-resurgence of his career since being amnestied by the Wizards and playing a meaningful role with the Nets last season. Blatche wasn’t known as being the brightest of players, and along with JaVale McGee gave the Wizards a boneheaded duo that was responsible for more nonsense on the court than…

  20. George Karl hopes to return to coaching, admits ‘anger and frustration’ over way things ended with Nuggets

    Oct 6, 2013, 9:30 PM EDT

    George Karl

    George Karl led the Nuggets to the best home record in all of the NBA last season, and along with it a 57-win season that was the most in franchise history since the team joined the NBA in the 1976-77 season. But all of that wasn’t enough to save Karl’s job. He won the Coach…

  21. Austin Rivers finds Anthony Davis for the alley-oop slam (VIDEO)

    Oct 6, 2013, 8:00 PM EDT

    Knicks Pelicans Basketball

    We wrote a lot about Austin Rivers while seeing him in action at Summer League in Las Vegas, and with good reason. Rivers was terrible for most of last year, but then was able to string together a series of nice performances just before breaking his hand which prematurely ended his season. Rivers looked good…

  22. Jose Calderon likely to miss Mavs’ preseason opener due to injury

    Oct 6, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT

    Jose Calderon,  Rick Carlisle

    Jose Calderon was one of the free agent pickups by the Mavericks that lets you know they have no interest in rebuilding, and after missing the playoffs for the first time in 13 years last season, are trying to get back as soon as possible. Calderon is a productive point guard, but he’s also an…

  23. Danny Granger returns too, but appeared ‘a little rusty’ to Pacers’ head coach

    Oct 6, 2013, 5:00 PM EDT

    Danny Granger

    Derrick Rose wasn’t the only player making a long-awaited return to the court when the Bulls and the Pacers opened the preseason against each other on Saturday. Danny Granger, who missed essentially all of last season with a knee injury, came off the bench for Indiana and scored six points on 2-of-10 shooting in 29…

  24. Report: Luol Deng ‘privately disappointed’ at lack of contract talks with Bulls

    Oct 6, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

    deng

    Luol Deng is in the final year of his contract with the Bulls, one that will pay him more than $14 million this season. He’s a two-time All-Star who performs well at both ends of the floor, and someone considered vital to Chicago’s chances for success. But whether due to disagreement over his future value…

  25. Brian Shaw: ‘No regrets’ about the way things ended with Lakers

    Oct 6, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

    Brian Shaw

    When Phil Jackson retired from coaching following the 2011 season, many believed that Brian Shaw was a logical choice to be next in line for the head coaching job in Los Angeles. Shaw played for and was an assistant coach under Jackson, and had been endorsed by both his former boss and Lakers star Kobe…

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